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About Christopher Penczak
Christopher Penczak is an author, teacher, and healing practitioner. Rooted firmly in the traditions of modern Witchcraft, he draws from the timeless wisdom of many cultures in the creation of new techniques and traditions.
Christopher is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning six-volume Temple of Witchcraft series (Llewellyn) and the Three Rays of Witchcraft (Copper Cauldron Publishing). Other works include Ascension Magick, Instant Magick, and the Witch's Shield (Llewellyn) and City Magick, Gay Witchcraft, and Spirit Allies (Red Wheel/Weiser). He has been a featured columnist for newWitch magazine and publications such as Genre, InnerSelf, and Kaleidoscope.
Christopher is a co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft tradition and not-for-profit religious organization, and teaches and travels extensively teaching Witchcraft. He also offers a variety of online classes and lectures. For more visit www.christopherpenczak.com and www.templeofwitchcraft.org.
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Build the foundation of a strong magickal practice, walking both the path of the solitary practitioner on the sorcerous road, and near to others in community, upon their own roads, for we embrace the paradox that a Witch is never alone, yet is always alone.
In this book, Christopher Penczak shares through the powers of the head, hands, and heart, opening the doors to the Temple of Witchcraft system, community, and magickal order. From seeds planted in the 1990s, you can trace the development and influences of this magical system, and learn many of the never-before publicly released images, mythologies, teachings, and symbols used within the community.
Included is an overview of the core techniques and rituals of the six book Temple of Witchcraft series, along with the deeper philosophies and structures underpinning them. Learn more about the developing culture of the Temple and its work in the physical world, including areas of service in education, military outreach, prison ministry, stewardship, women's mysteries, queer mysteries, mediation, grief, and healing. An in-depth introduction to the Temple of Witchcraft, or a deepening expansion for those already familiar with the Temple's teachings and work.
Venture deeper into the mysteries of witchcraft and discover within yourself new levels of wisdom, love, power, and responsibility. In the fifth installment of the award-winning Temple of Witchcraft series, popular author Christopher Penczak explores the Descent of the Goddess. In the myth of Inanna, the Goddess journeys through seven gates to attain entrance to the Underworld and learn its secrets. In this unique book on witchcraft, you will parallel this descent by journeying through each of the seven chakras, symbolically evolving from survival to a state of divinity. Each lesson has meditations based on the teachings of this journey, as well as an advanced discussion of a key facet of magick or witchcraft often overlooked by intermediate books:
- A pagan exploration of the Great Ages
- The measure of initiation
- The reason for being skyclad
- Power and the Right and Left Hand Paths
- The power of healing
- Ethics and codes of conduct
- Working with soul history
- Working with your Master-Teacher
- Discovering your own spiritual laws
- Receiving your secret names of the Goddess and God
The Living Temple of Witchcraft, Volume One: The Descent of the Goddess is for solitaries, eclectics, and non-traditional witches who are ready to integrate the mysteries and magick into their ministry and share their gifts with the world.
Explore your Inner Temple—your personal sacred space where there are no boundaries and all things are possible. With study, dedication, and practice, the lessons and exercises in this book will empower you to transform the repetitive rigors of the daily grind into a witch's web of magickal experiences.
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft is a thorough course of education, introspection, meditation, and the development of the magickal and psychic abilities that are the birthright of the witch. Four introductory chapters present the history, traditions, and principles of witchcraft, followed by thirteen lessons that start with basic meditation techniques and culminate in a self-initiation ceremony equivalent to the first-degree level of traditional coven-based witchcraft.
As you progress through this year-and-a-day course of study, you will explore a wide range of topics that support and inform the dedicated witch:
- Ancient and modern magickal philosophy
- Modern scientific theories supporting a new definition of reality
- "Instant" magick techniques for protection, healing, and serenity
- Energy work and anatomy, including chakras and auras
- Astral travel, dreams, and spirit guides
- Healing techniques for body, mind, and spirit
This book's non-dogmatic presentation encourages an eclectic, personal approach while providing a strong foundation for the practice of witchcraft and magick. Develop your psychic abilities and practice potent magickal techniques as you explore the source of every witch's power—the temple within.
Winner of the 2003 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award for Best Magic Book
— from the Foreword by Kerr Cuhulain
In this devotional work, author Christopher Penczak delves deeply into the lore of the Morrighan, the “Phantom Queen,” creating a grimoire that is part historical research, part poetic inspiration, and part personal experience, creating “...a feast for her devotees, something to nourish us in the development of our relationship with her.” A fantastic resource for anyone working with the dark goddesses of the Celtic tradition or seeking to do so!
What if you could practice magick anytime, without the use of ceremonial spells, altars, or magickal tools? Items such as candles, special ingredients, and exotic symbols are necessary to perform many types of magick, but these items aren't always feasible, attainable, or even available. The purest form of magick—tapping into your own energetic awareness to create change—is accessible simply through the power of your will.
Popular author Christopher Penczak explains how to weave natural energies into every facet of life by inspiring readers to explore their own individual willpower. This book features personalized techniques used to weed out any unwanted, unhealthy, or unnecessary desires to find a true, balanced magickal being. Penczak's innovative, modern spellcasting techniques utilize meditation, visualization, words, and intent in any situation, at any time. The results can seem instantaneous, and the potential limitless.
Finalist for the COVR Award for Best Magick/Shamanism Book
Create a balanced, happy love life with the help of this book of practical love magick. Award-winning author Christopher Penczak offers a wealth of magickal workings and wisdom for everything from reclaiming sexual power and arousing passion to banishing ties to an unrequited love relationship.
Written for Witches, Pagans, and other magickal people, this guide tells you how to first build self-love and self-esteem, then use that energy to find a partner or rekindle the passion in your current relationship. It offers instruction on making love spells, potions, and talismans, and features a materia magica of flowers, herbs, stones, and metals to empower them. The Witch's Heart also explores divine inner alchemy, love deities, sexual healing, fertility, the ethics of love magick, twin flames and soul mates, and how to heal a broken heart.
Is shamanism all that different from modern witchcraft? According to Christopher Penczak, Wicca's roots go back 20,000 years to the Stone Age shamanic traditions of tribal cultures worldwide. A fascinating exploration of the Craft's shamanic origins, The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft offers year-and-a-day training in shamanic witchcraft.
Penczak's third volume of witchcraft teachings corresponds to the water element—guiding the reader into this realm of emotion, reflection, and healing. The twelve formal lessons cover shamanic cosmologies, journeying, dreamwork, animal/plant/stone medicine, totems, soul retrieval, and psychic surgery. Each lesson includes exercises (using modern techniques and materials), assignments, and helpful tips. The training ends with a ritual for self-initiation into the art of the shamanic witch—culminating in an act of healing, rebirth, and transformation.
COVR Award Winner
Laurie Cabot’s Book of Shadows includes the materials of her three-part class series on the Science, Art, and Religion of Witchcraft, as well as guidance for High Priestesses and High Priests of the Craft working on their own or in groups.
The Book of Shadows includes Laurie’s own recipes for incenses, potions, charms, and spells used and taught by Cabot Witches for decades—a treasure-trove of lore at your fingertips! A must for any practitioner of the Craft of the Witch.
"This is foremost an engaging textbook designed for home schooling the advancing witch, and it is encyclopedic in its rituals, charts, and even homework assignments."―Publishers Weekly
Take your spiritual evolution to the next level by mastering the essentials of ceremonial magick. In this much-anticipated fourth volume in Christopher Penczak's award-winning series on witchcraft, he introduces the concepts of the Qabalah and the rituals of high magick, and explores the deeply interwoven relationship between these traditions and the Craft.
The teachings in this book correspond to the element of Air, guiding you into the realm of creative and critical thinking, communication, knowledge, and truth. Four preliminary chapters introduce the basic concepts, history, and skills you will need for your journey. Next, twelve formal lessons, in the witches' traditional year-and-a-day format, provide instruction in the fundamentals of ceremonial magic:
- The Qabalah
- The Tree of Life
- Symbol and sigil magick
- Elemental constructs
- Qabalistic Cross
- The four worlds and their correspondences
- Middle Pillar
- The Ritual of the Rosy Cross
- Invoking and banishing rituals
- Fluid condensers
- Barbarous words of power, magickal constructs, and the Goetia
The book's thirteenth lesson culminates in a ritual initiation fusing the traditions of witchcraft and high magick―the creation of your own Reality Map. The cosmology you create will be based on your own spiritual experiences as well as the philosophies and practices of ceremonial magick.
Une analyse rafraîchissante du lien entre magie et argent. Prospérité de la sorcière est un manuel d'application pratique de la sagesse sorcière sur la manière d'atteindre l'abondance par la magie, la méditation, les affirmations et le timing astrologique. En offrant un ensemble de correspondances magiques très puissantes pour les opérations de richesse - dont les dieux, les pierres, les métaux ou encore les plantes-, cet ouvrage va au-delà du désir premier d'accumulation d'argent. Il met en lumière les modèles sous-jacents qui sont en nous s'agissant des ressources, de la prospérité et de la réussite. Le tout, en se basant sur des principes financiers du monde réel. Par le biais de principes magiques, exploitez les ressources « secrètes » et « cachées » qui sont en vous et autour de vous. Sortez de la course folle à la réussite et définissez votre propre quête de succès, en profitant de chaque étape, de chaque aventure. C'est là que réside le pouvoir de la prospérité.
This new edition of the award-winning Outer Temple of Witchcraft features enhancements, corrections, and a focus on inclusivity. As you enter the heart of witchcraft, you find at its core the power of sacred space. In Christopher Penczak's first book, The Inner Temple of Witchcraft, you found the sacred space within yourself. Now The Outer Temple of Witchcraft helps you manifest the sacred in the outer world through ritual and spellwork. The book's twelve lessons, with exercises, rituals, and homework, follow the traditional Wiccan one-year-and-a-day training period. It culminates in a self-test and self-initiation ritual to the second degree of witchcraft—the arena of the priestess and priest.
COVR Award Winner (tied) for Book of the Year and Winner for Best Magic/Magick Book
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